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SubjectRe: 2.6.9-rc2-mm1 swsusp bug report.
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Hi.

On Sat, 2004-09-25 at 22:56, William Lee Irwin III wrote:
> Nigel Cunningham wrote:
> >> Normal usage; the pattern of pages being freed and allocated inevitably
> >> leads to fragmentation. The buddy allocator does a good job of
> >> minimising it, but what is really needed is a run-time defragmenter. I
> >> saw mention of this recently, but it's probably not that practical to
> >> implement IMHO.
> >
> On Sat, Sep 25, 2004 at 10:22:22PM +1000, Nick Piggin wrote:
> > Well, by this stage it looks like memory is already pretty well shrunk
> > as much as it is going to be, which means that even a pretty capable
> > defragmenter won't be able to do anything.
>
> For however useful defragmentation may be to make speculative use of
> physically or virtually contiguous memory more probable to succeed, it
> can never be made deterministic or even reliable, not even in pageable
> kernels (which Linux is not). Fallback to allocations no larger than
> the kernel's internal allocation unit, potentially in tandem with
> scatter/gather capabilities, is essential.

I fully agree. That's why I do it :>

Regards,

Nigel

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